Charles Frederick Shillabeer was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 2 December 1892. He was the son of John Shillabeer (1856-1928), a mariner, and Emily Browning (1860-1920).
John and Emily had married in Southampton in 1879 and went on to have seven children: Henry George, John, William James, Florence Mabel, George, Reginald and Charles Frederick. By the time of the 1911 census Charles is still at home and described as a bottler in a brewery.
By 1912 Charles had already begun a career at sea and when he signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 21 Nelson Road, Southampton and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a trimmer he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6 10s
Charles was lost in the disaster and his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and later buried on May 8, 1912 in Halifax, Nova Scotia:
© Bob Knuckle, Canada
NO. 195. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 22. DARK - HAIR.
CLOTHING - Dungaree pants; serge jacket and vest; grey flannel shirt.
EFFECTS - B. S. F. Union book 995; papers.
NO MARKS. TRIMMER.
NAME - CHARLES SHILLABEER,